Caher – Carrauntoohil – Cronin`s Yard
It shoots through my head for just a second, but reversing is futile and more dangerous than fighting high here. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on its strengths, to mobilize all forces and to continue to climb higher.
As I get past the slippery stone passage, it gets a bit flatter as I cross to the right, but the problems do not diminish. The grass is moist and offers conditionally safe footing. Shortly I recognize weak footprints, probably more from the sheep up here than from humans. Sweaty, I fight on all fours crawling upwards. I find this technique the safest and had also proven on Riffa in extreme terrain. There is a little bit of security.
With the last of my strength I reach the summit ridge, which leads to Caher, Irish Cathair (1001 m), to the right. The video of my ascent in full length can be found on Youtube.
Happy about new acquaintances at Caher
An angelic “Hi” comes from the left to my ears. Lovely and warm at the same time it came from a girl who has chosen a different ascent with her two companions.
I am really happy to meet people here and we exchange something. Janice, Mark and Paddy are joined by another Spaniard, who lives with Mark and goes on holiday. In addition to English I can even speak some Spanish.
Together we continue our way to the Caher, the third highest mountain in Ireland, and finally to the Carrauntoohil.
The interplay of the sun and clouds is always glances down into the valley on both sides freely. “Amazing” and “gorgeous” as Janice finds. I can only agree with that …
The path here on the ridge is good to walk, even if it goes over hill and dale until we finally make it.
On the highest point of the green island
Top of Carrauntoohil at 1:15 pm. So I needed a good 4 hours for the ascent.
It is very windy and busy. Although today is Saturday, so weekend, but the hiking or climbing of Carrauntoohil seems to be a real favorite activity of the Irish. No matter if you are young or old, you meet up here.
The view back to the Caher illustrates the impressive summit ridge on the way here, the one to the rise-up to us five- actually nobody chooses, at least “flow” people only from the other side of the valley up.
While we are equipped accordingly and after the obligatory summit photos protection from the cool wind and make snack, I see many who make me shake my head …
Without backpack with food or only in very short pants and T-shirt. But more on that later and no, Lady, there are even more women than guys running around like that?
What a coincidence on the Carrauntoohil?!?
Due to the changing conditions and the arduous ascent, I do not really like my original plan to go back over the other summits into the Black Valley Valley.
Although Paddy shows me the path again and gives me additional information, but …
Can not be, I do not believe my eyes. One of the two ladies with whom I talked extensively in the kitchen yesterday is standing in front of me and as we wave to each other, I see that the older of the two has also walked up. Unbelievable, but true and it should be even better.
They are up over the Devil’s ladder and will take the Zig-Zags down.
They parked their car in the valley at Cronin’s Yard and would be happy to take me with them.
Almost with tears of joy in my eyes, I gratefully accept and agree that I will comfortably descend and wait below, which I do after saying goodbye to my short-term friends as well.
Zig-Zags – No easy descent
For the first few meters, three guys overtake me, without rucksacks and in short clothing. I have time and therefore run relaxed behind. Not five minutes later, I see the three again.
One of them is on the ground. Completely finished with the world, cheese white and obviously a circulatory collapse.
I “sacrifice” one of my fruit slices and water. Previous behavior or not, drinking and sugar to replenish the energy reserves seems to me the only remedy for the present problem. Then I continue my way.
The Zig-Zags are popular ascent and descent, but then they go endlessly. However, they are clearly recognizable at first and just a clear “mountain trail”.
I should take almost as long as Cronin’s Yard, as for the ascent.
Conclusion of my tour on the Carrauntoohil
It is very special to climb these peaks and the freedom in hiking and its paths is surprising. But that’s the way to go to Ireland.
In rainy or poor visibility, my chosen ascent is certainly a very dangerous venture.
Together with yesterday’s 37 km, today’s 20 kilometers were the hardest I’ve ever walked. Not only physically, but especially in the ascent due to the slippery conditions also very mentally demanding. But “I did it” as the lady said 😉
Once again, I would not tackle the hike, but hike from another starting point over the Caher to the Carrauntoohil, and then, assuming good visibility, descend over the long mountain range into the Black Valley.
Although a big challenge, but it should always be an increase possible. Otherwise life is boring 😉
Keep on rockin guys and stay safe.
Route overview and profile of the hike on the Carrauntoohil, Ireland